Fun Holiday Gift Ideas!

Another year has positively flown by and we’ve got holiday gift ideas for you! You can’t turn on the TV without seeing a commercial for expensive jewelry or extravagant gadgets that play music and clean your house for you. While it’s wonderful to be able to buy your loved ones costly gifts, it’s also great to round things out with fun presents that won’t set back your retirement plan!

Fun Holiday Gift Ideas from Smart Cover

Smart Cover has fabulous gift ideas for all budgets! Looking for stocking stuffers for the stylish teenager in your life? Smart Cover’s Two-in-One Glow Stick is the go-to beauty tool to add a little color and shine to the lips and cheeks. It takes seconds to apply and she can toss it in her schoolbag, or her back pocket!

With all the parties, shopping and decorating that goes on this time of year, everyone could use a little help looking fresh and well-rested. The Smart Cover Stick is ideal for hiding dark under-eye circles and blemishes that may crop up from too many holiday sweets! It rolls on just like lipstick, and it’s just as compact, so you can fit it in your tiniest purse!

The Hollywood Makeup Artist Kit is the perfect present for beauty experts and novices alike. It comes with 17 separate pieces, including Smart Cover’s signature products, like the Concealing Crème and Camouflage Crème, Believable Bronzer, Compact Finishing Powder, Smart Cover Stick, Two-in-One Glow Stick, and more! With a retail value of about $300, this kit is an absolute steal at just $84.95. Santa himself couldn’t find a better deal!

Holiday time can bring stress along with the fun and excitement. The American Psychological Association cautions against setting up unrealistic expectations for yourself. Remember, “presence” is more important than “presents!” Instead of being overwhelmed this holiday season, we hope you’ll be overjoyed!

Nothing Could Be Finer Than to Wear Smart Cover Primer!

Nothing could be finer than to wear Smart Cover primer in the morning, afternoon or evening! Even seasoned makeup lovers have questions about primer. Is it really necessary? We’re here to clear up any confusion. Smart Cover Moisture Primer Lotion should definitely be part of your beauty routine, especially as the weather gets colder. But lots of people still don’t understand what primer actually does, so we’re happy to offer a refresher.

Primer creates a smooth surface for makeup to “stick to,” so it stays on longer and looks better. If you apply Smart Cover Moisture Primer Lotion before your foundation, you’ll notice that your skin looks smoother and more flawless, especially if you have mature or textured skin. Moisture primer lotion also helps prevent creasing. This is of particular import in the winter, when your skin tends to get overly dry from the cold temperatures outside and the heating systems indoors.

Nothing Could Be Finer Than to Wear Smart Cover Primer

If you’re prone to breakouts, Moisture Primer Lotion has the added benefit of acting as a shield for your skin. It’s essentially a barrier between your face and anything that could potentially clog your pores. One question we get all the time is this: is Moisture Primer Lotion the same as moisturizer? The answer is no. Feel free to use your favorite moisturizer alongside the Moisture Primer Lotion, because they serve different purposes.

There are a lot of cosmetic products out there, and it’s hard to know which ones you really need. But trust us, Moisture Primer Lotion is worth your while! That’s why we include it in all of our makeup kits! Before you apply Smart Cover Camouflage Crème or Concealing Crème, be sure to put on some Moisture Primer Lotion. It takes seconds and your concealer will stay put all day!

“Sugar face” is not so sweet!

It may sound like a term of endearment, but “sugar face” is not so sweet! If you’ve stocked up in anticipation of candy-hungry trick-or-treaters, you may be tempted to dip into your own supply. If you’ve got trick-or-treaters of your own in the household, it might be hard to resist raiding their stash when they come home loaded down with sugary treats. But repeat after us, nice and loud: “Sugar face” is not so sweet!

Beauty writer Kathleen Hau advises that giving up sugar can make your skin look noticeably better in a just a matter of weeks. That’s because “sugar face” refers to the dark undereye circles, acne and other unfortunate effects of a sugary diet. “[Sugar] triggers insulin production, which triggers protein-utilization malfunctions. Sugar acts as a kind of signal scrambler, affecting the production of the proteins and amino acids that build up collagen and elasticity.”

“Sugar Face” Is Not So Sweet!

Too much sugar causes wrinkles, sagging skin, breakouts and can even cause facial hair growth due to insulin resistance, according to totaldermatology.com. It causes your insulin levels to spike, which can create inflammation throughout your body. It can also cause other skin issues like rosacea, and pores that become enlarged and excessively oily due to overproduction of testosterone.

Dermatologists advise that you drink plenty of water and eat lots of leafy green veggies to make it up to your skin. While fruits in moderation are fine, go for blueberries and kiwi rather than grapes and cantaloupe.

Though your dermatologist would probably love it if you never ate another jellybean, your face will probably survive the occasional indulgence. And if one too many jellybeans should result in a blemish, you can always hide it in seconds with the Smart Cover Stick and Smart Cover Camouflage Crème! How sweet it is!

The 1, 2, 3’s of Skin Cancer

Smart Cover is a proud ally to people with skin concerns of all kinds. When it comes to skin cancer, early detection, not to mention prevention, can save your life. Arm yourself with the 1, 2, 3’s of skin cancer.

ONE – Prevention

The best way to ensure that skin cancer doesn’t have a lasting impact on your life is never to get it in the first place. If possible, stay out of the sun between 10AM and 4PM. “Avoiding the sun at its strongest helps you avoid the sunburns and suntans that cause skin damage and increase your risk of developing skin cancer,” according to mayoclinic.org.

When you are exposed to the sun, cover up as much as you can, and never leave the house without sunscreen. Even for casual exposure, SPF 15 should be the minimum.

TWO – Vigilance

Be aware of any changes to your skin, especially if you have moles that appear out of nowhere, or that change in color, size or shape. Many skin changes are normal and not signs of cancer, but let your doctor determine the cause and appropriate treatment.

THREE – Early Detection

Cultivate a relationship with your dermatologist. She’s there to help you, and she just may save your life. Don’t wait for your annual checkup if you notice something unusual but DO maintain an annual appointment with your dermatologist.

The 1, 2, 3’s of Skin Cancer

In a perfect world, your life will never be touched by skin cancer. But if it is, having some basic knowledge will empower you to get treated and get better. Many skin cancer survivors use Smart Cover Concealing Crème when they feel like covering their scars. Life is precious, and we want you to enjoy as much of it as you can. For more information, check out the The Skin Cancer Foundation.

What Bronzer Is Really For

Contouring had a major moment in the beauty world, but now it seems to be considered passé by most beauty experts. A corrective cosmetic practice often used to make bone structure look more defined, or to create the illusion of a smaller nose, contouring was everywhere for a while. But just because that trend is in our rearview, doesn’t mean you don’t still need your Believable Bronzer. Celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo talked to Cosmopolitan.com’s beauty director Carly Cardellino about what bronzer is really for.

In a word, warmth. According to Vanngo, bronzer’s primary function is not to add color the way that blush does (though you can use it that way), but to give an element of vitality to the skin. Applying bronzer correctly will give you the look of healthy, vibrant skin.

What Bronzer is Really For

While brushing on faux razor-sharp cheekbones is no longer en vogue, bronzer is great for adding a touch of definition to your natural features. This is especially important for Vanngo’s celebrity clientele: “When [bronzer] is applied to the perimeter of the face, the dimension is able to come through and be visible through a camera’s flash.”

Smart Cover’s Believable Bronzer can be applied on the face and body, so feel free to add a touch of definition to your upper arms, collarbone, or even your legs! Vanngo advises using a big, soft brush to apply bronzer so that it will be distributed evenly and lightly. Smart Cover’s All Purpose Brush is the perfect tool for this.

There is an endless ebb and flow to beauty trends. What’s hot today will be relegated to the has-been pile tomorrow. While it’s fun to keep up with what’s trendy, ultimately you have to go with what feels right to you, and hopefully that includes Smart Cover!

Fun Halloween Costume Ideas!

Some adults love the challenge of coming up with a creative get-up, while others slap on some cat ears and call it done. Either way, Smart Cover is here to help with some fun Halloween costume ideas that won’t break the bank!

Fans of TV’s The Good Place can go as Janet, the magical assistant who is not quite a human and not quite a robot. All you need is a long pencil skirt, a pussy-bow blouse and an eerily cheerful demeanor. Janet’s a natural beauty, so for makeup, we recommend Smart Cover’s Camouflage Crème, the Two-in-One Glow Stick to give your lips and cheeks a little color and some mascara.

According to Popsugar.com writer Kelsey Garcia, 2018’s trending Halloween costumes will include newlyweds Harry and Meghan, which might be a little hard to pull off on a budget. Garcia also suggests dressing up as Beyoncé at Coachella. All you need is Daisy Dukes, a cropped yellow sweatshirt and some serious swagger. Makeup-wise, play up those eyes with glittery eyeshadow and hide skin concerns with the Smart Cover Stick.

Fun Halloween Costume Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank!

If you’re not into trendy costumes, you can dress up as a mime with items you already own: black pants and a black shirt, Smart Cover’s Color Corrector all over your face, thick black eyeliner to accentuate your eyes and eyebrows, and red lipstick. Just remember to pretend you’re in a box all night to make it really authentic!

Halloween is meant to be fun, so don’t let it stress you out. By all means, skip it if it’s not your thing. And even if you are planning to slap on some cat ears and head out the door, you can still make sure your skin is looking flawless with Smart Cover!

The Joys of Bath Time

There are countless pop culture references to the escapist pleasures of a nice bath. Harried moms in detergent commercials retreat to the tub when they just can’t deal with life (or apparently, laundry) anymore. Even Ernie from Sesame Street gets in on the action, filling a tub with bubbles and bringing his Rubber Ducky along for the soak. The joys of bath time are well-documented indeed. But is it good for you?

In a word, yes. Longborough University research associate Steve Faulkner reports that in a recent study, an hour-long soak in a hot bath (about 104 degrees Fahrenheit) resulted in about as many calories burned as a half-hour walk. He further asserts that “passive heating,” that is to say, heating the body up without exercising, has approximately the same effect as exercise when it comes to controlling your blood sugar and reducing your blood pressure!

The Joys of Bath Time

Some people like to add scented oils or even healing herbs to the bath, while others go for good old-fashioned bubbles (like our pal, Ernie), or just plain water. It all depends on your personal sensitivities and preferences. Lifehack.org writer Diane Koopman suggests cold water to tighten your skin “and reduce sweating and open pores, whilst still providing optimal hydration.”

Smart Cover Makeup Remover & Cleanser is a wonderful addition to your bath experience, especially since it works so well to remove makeup on your face and body without over-drying your skin. This is especially perfect if you use Smart Cover Concealing Crème to cover varicose veins, bruises or other skin concerns on your body.

A hot bath, like a hot fudge sundae, a kind word from a friend, or a new makeup kit from Smart Cover, is one of those little treats you just need once in awhile. Give yourself the care you deserve!

 

Wax, Shave, Thread or Sugar?

Mother Nature clearly did not anticipate this generation’s proclivity for smooth, hairless skin. Of course, there are plenty of folks who proudly let their body hair grow and we say, “More power to them!” How about you? Do you wax, shave, thread or sugar?

Wax, shave, thread, or sugar

Waxing, as defined by beinghealthfull.com, is “a method of hair removal where warm wax is applied to your skin and hair and removed quickly to remove hair.” Most of us are familiar with this process, whether you get your eyebrows waxed at the nail salon or go for a full Brazilian (wherein all bikini-adjacent hair is removed) at a spa.

It can hurt, but if you’re being serviced by a reputable esthetician the pain should be short-lived and the results can last for weeks. If your skin is a little sensitive, there may be redness afterward. This usually only lasts a couple of hours, and you can cover it with Smart Cover Concealing Crème on your face or body.

Self writer Emily Rekstis swears by sugaring: “Although the technique is very similar to waxing, sugaring uses a [gentler] mix of sugar, lemon, and water to remove hair.” This method tends to hurt less than waxing but is a slightly more expensive.

Threading is yet another inexpensive and nonpermanent hair removal option that lasts weeks longer than shaving. Elle.com’s George Driver explains: “A piece of thread that is specially coated with anti-bacterial wax is… twisted in the hands of the professional, to create a mini-lasso [that] removes the hairs quickly and directly from the follicles.”

One con to threading is that the skin must be held taut (usually by the client herself) as the threading is done, which is a little uncomfortable. But beauty experts will tell you that threading gets you the fiercest eyebrows. Cover any redness with Smart Cover Camouflage Crème and enjoy looking amazing!

Which of This Season’s Makeup Trends Will You Fall For?

The runways told a wild and colorful story about this season’s makeup trends. As always, there are some looks that work great if you’re a supermodel… but maybe not so much if you’re in the regular 9 to 5 world. For example, Elle reporter Kristina Rodulfo was loving the brightly hued, double-ringed eyeliner. It looked amazing on the runway but might be a little harder to pull off in your cubicle. So which of this season’s makeup trends will you fall for?

There’s plenty of inspiration to be drawn from this year’s fashion shows, and it’s easier than you think to adapt them to suit your own personal style. Last year’s obsession with rosy cheeks is back, according to Good Housekeeping’s beauty writers Marci Robin and Blake Bakkila. This is simple to pull off and works on virtually everyone.

Smart Cover’s Two-in-One Glow Stick is the perfect tool for this. It’s easily applied and gives your cheeks the sweet, “winter” look that’s so en vogue. As Glamour reports, you have all kinds of options when it comes to lips, from dramatic ombres in pinks and purples, to a simple, fresh-looking lip gloss. For the latter, the Two-in-One Glow Stick comes in handy again!

This Season’s Makeup Trends

While eyes were resplendent with sparkles, and floating liner in neon blues and pinks, this was in some cases played up by a nude-looking face, noted Elle‘s Kristina Rodulfo. When you’re going for dramatic eyes or lips, it’s best to let them be the center of attention by leaving cheeks virtually bare. Give yourself a flawless canvas with Smart Cover’s Camouflage Crème, to cover any skin concerns and leave your face with a smooth and creamy finish.

Be as adventurous as you want to be this autumn, and bring your Smart Cover along for the ride!

When You Can’t Stop Picking at Your Skin

The health of your mind and body are closely related. If your body is suffering in any way, it is bound to impact your mental health. Conversely, if you are living with anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issues, those issues will often manifest themselves in a physical way. One example of this is excoriation disorder, which is a compulsion to pick at the skin. What do you do when you can’t stop picking at your skin?

Many of us have found ourselves giving way more attention to a scab or hangnail than was warranted, but excoriation disorder goes far beyond that. Alternately called dermatillomania or chronic skin-picking, Mental Health America defines this disorder as “a mental illness related to obsessive-compulsive disorder… characterized by repeated picking at one’s own skin which results in skin lesions and causes significant disruption in one’s life.”

When You Can’t Stop Picking at Your Skin

Recently, television personality Dr. Phil McGraw decided to shine a light on this affliction. A guest on his program confessed that she had been obsessively picking at her own skin for four years, beginning when she was 17 years old. A great deal of damage had already been done to her once-pristine complexion, but she was determined to stop and finally ready to ask for help.

This is a crucial first step: reaching out for help. If you think that you or someone you know is dealing with excoriation disorder, there are resources available to you, including the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors.

Smart Cover Cosmetics has always been dedicated to helping individuals with all kinds of skin concerns. If there is something you want to cover, our Concealing Crème will restore a smooth, clear appearance to your skin (as long as skin is not open). To wash the day away, we are proud to offer Smart Cover Makeup Remover & Cleanser. Most importantly, Smart Cover is here to remind you that you are not alone.